The Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique: Mastering The Basics To Paint Exotic Fish
Step 6: Splashing Around And Layering Bold Colors For Depth
With pure Prussian Blue, add some bold strokes into the fish’s body, where it’s too yellow. You can even splash some paint around as well to loosen the rigidity of the shapes, and use Cadmium Red Purple for the forehead, around the back of the head, and for the tip of the bottom fin. Touch some Cobalt Violet Light around the mouth, and paint the skeletal lines in the tail. For shadows, use a strong Indigo, especially under the top fin. Remember not to compare your painting to the reference picture, as you are creating a painting, not a reproduction or photocopy! This shouldn’t be too difficult as by definition, the wet-in-wet watercolor technique doesn’t allow for rigid painting in general.
Next, paint some lines to the upper fish’s bottom fin for definition, then drop in some Cadmium Yellow Deep into the blue areas to tone them down while adding more depth. Use Brilliant Orange to finalize this layer’s details, and try to cultivate an instinct for colors and contrasts, which will help in the color picking process for any watercolor painting. When you’re done, leave the painting to dry.